- to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon.
- to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.: to ordain a new type of government.
- to decree; give orders for: He ordained that the restrictions were to be lifted.
- (of God, fate, etc.) to destine or predestine: Fate had ordained the meeting.
- to order or command: Thus do the gods ordain.
- to select for or appoint to an office.
- to invest someone with sacerdotal functions.
Origin of ordain
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Examples from the Web for ordain
And no religious denomination should be forced to ordain gays or women as priests, right?Why Progressives Just Woke Up and Killed ENDA
July 9, 2014
The letter also ordered her to “take down www.ordainwomen.org and disassociat[e] yourself from Ordain Women.”
Kate Kelly, the leader of Ordain Women, was officially excommunicated.
The Ordain Women website posted some of Harrison's email to Kelly informing her of her excommunication.
Among other things, Weiss had the beautiful chutzpah to ordain Orthodox women.The Chief Rabbinate Proves Jews Would Be Better Off without It
October 21, 2013
And tell me,” added Alcibiades, “do they ordain to do what is good, or what is ill?
She no longer had any question for that which he chose to ordain.The Golden Woman
You are their judges—pronounce, then, their fate; do you ordain them to live?
My heart submitted to whatever it should please God to ordain.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
They were forbidden to ordain their own priests or practise their own peculiar customs.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
- to consecrate (someone) as a priest; confer holy orders upon
- (may take a clause as object) to decree, appoint, or predestine irrevocably
- (may take a clause as object) to order, establish, or enact with authority
- obsolete to select for an office
Word Origin and History for ordain
late 13c., "to appoint or admit to the ministry of the Church," from stem of Old French ordener "place in order, arrange, prepare; consecrate, designate" (Modern French ordonner) and directly from Latin ordinare "put in order, arrange, dispose, appoint," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "order" (see order (n.)). The notion is "to confer holy orders upon." Meaning "to decree, enact" is from c.1300; sense of "to set (something) that will continue in a certain order" is from early 14c. Related: Ordained; ordaining.